02.04.2011 - 07.04.2011 18 °C
Perhaps the most exciting news since our arrival was that there would be a Troc-Broc in town during the weekend. A Troc-Broc is a cross between a community yard sale and a flea market. Vide-caves et greniers means empty your basements and attics (apparently, rooms on the main floor of the house are spared), but it also refers to a more common type of antique sale found throughout the towns of France in the spring and summer months.
Having arrived in France with just two big suitcases each (plus carry-ons), Eric and I were pretty excited to check it out and find some good stuff for the house.
Roquefort-les-Pins in the early morning fog
The day started EARLY - just like in the US, you have to get there early to get the good stuff. Judging from the number of cars parked haphazardly on the road and the number of people who had already set up their wares (for a price of 20 Euros a table), I surmised that we were not exactly early. No matter. There were lots of goodies to be had.
French police keeping order
Lots of clothes, shoes and jewelry…
and lots of children's things too… these stuffed animals were just waiting for a good home
Check out this man, giving me his very best French sexy look
Eric sorting through some great kitchenware
Speaking of sexy, check out this awesome find for the kitchen! No, we didn't buy it!
Beaucoup de "loot" - check out the wooden rolling pin with red handles, my favorite find of the day
New cutting boards
And a new dog bed for Fanette
Flyers for future yard sales
We were told this kind of sale only happens once a year, but luckily we received more flyers at the sale for future Troc-Brocs… thus the addiction begins.
On Friday, we took a quick day trip to Antibes to check out the town, and also the boats. There is an old fort there, and also a stone wall that separates part of the old town from the marina. It was really pretty to see.
Antibes marina and stone wall
Boats and mountains in the distance
This weekend, we had our first BBQ of the season. Eric's great Aunt Sim (Simone) and Uncle Jo (George) came over. Jo's son Philippe paid another visit to check out the inner workings of the chain saw, which continued to have a "little" leak. Lana came along and spent more time playing with Fanette.
Eric starting the BBQ
Eric, Jo and Philippe grilling sausages
Fanette and her ball
Eric, Claire, Sim and Jo enjoying lunch
Eric demonstrating his best American look
Time for espresso
Lunchtime under a shady tree
This neighborhood cat stops by regularly to torment Fanette
This week, we have been exploring the town and getting to know the neighborhood. The main road we use to get to town is not big enough for two cars to pass at once, much less make way for pedestrians. Thus, we often take two different routes barrées that don't allow cars to pass. Here's the more direct route.
The slightly longer route takes you directly to the local grocery store Intermarché and is named Central Park. As in New York City, here in Roquefort-les-Pins, the neighborhood features some very interesting houses.
Central Park entrance - it's actually a bit tricky to find
A quaint old house
Pretty purple flowers in bloom
When you get to town, you are welcomed!
The local Presse newsstand
where I bought the Nice-Matin Sunday paper…
with the Sunday magazine special on Nicole Kidman!
A pretty view in front of the post office
And here's the back of the post office with La Poste vans
No town would be complete without local Pizza-des-Pins
Here's a small flower vendor
And most importantly the local bakery in town - our friend Gianna (Jan's daughter) absolutely raves about this place
Delivering a special treat
I bought French macarons, which they wrapped nicely for me
And even prettier unwrapped, mmm macarons!
Claire with her coffee and matching pistachio macaron
Eric and Fanette, demonstrating her excellent table manners
Jennifer loves Fanette!
We also had two other fabulous lunches this week. For our friend Jan, we served the first asparagus of the season, and also a chocolate cake.
First asparagus of the season
Also for lunch, we invited Aunt Hélène and her parents Jeanne and Pierre. What wonderful company! Jeanne and Pierre made a traditional Provençal pizza with anchovies, which we ate with champagne. Claire and Eric made ratatouille, rice and les boulettes de viande, or meatballs! More champagne and then wine with that, of course, then bread and cheese, and then Hélène's version of a lemon tart. It seems that we really enjoy our lemon tarts here in France.
Boulettes de viande and ratatouille
Bread and cheese
Hélène's lemon tart
Mmm lemon tart
Hélène, Pierre, Claire and Jeanne playing cards
Au revoir and good-bye!
Note: next up, we are heading to Rome and then Sardinia… so stay tuned for more adventures!